Top five: Fastest left-wingers in Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo & Gareth Bale are two of the fastest left-wingers in European football
This is the fourth article in the GMF speed series, where we name who we think are the five fastest players in Europe across the pitch.
This is the ‘second half’ of our look at some of the speediest wingers in Europe – and now it’s the left-sided wide-men who step into the spotlight.
Every effort has been made to back up our choices, but this list is sure to be controversial. Have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the page - maybe even share your own top five!
So, let’s get down to business. Here is our list of the five quickest left-wingers in European football:
André Schürrle | Bayer Leverkusen
Recent reports suggest that Chelsea are close to signing Schürrle, the perfect player to rejuvenate their struggling front line.
The versatile German can play up front on his own or anywhere across the three slots in attacking midfield.
The 22-year-old has spent most of this season occupying a wide-left role, hence his inclusion in this ‘fastest left-wingers’ article.
Bayer Leverkusen are an extremely potent counter attacking side and the exceptionally speedy Schürrle and Sidney Sam are essential to their game plan.
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
Despite dividing opinion like few others in the history of football, Ronaldo is arguably the best player in the world alongside Lionel Messi.
One of the most key strings in the Real Madrid winger’s bow is his scorching pace over both short and long distances. He would still be a top player without his speed, but his extraordinary athleticism sets him apart from the rest of the world.
In case you had any doubts regarding whether his speed was just hype, this VIDEO demonstrates Ronaldo’s undeniable pace as he chases down a wayward through ball from Sergio Ramos, somehow keeping the ball in play.
Gareth Bale | Tottenham Hotspur
Bale announced himself as one of the quickest players in world football after dismantling Brazilian full-back Maicon in a Champions League tie against Inter in 2010.
The dazzling Welshman is said to have run 100m in 11.4 seconds as a skinny teenager, according to the Daily Mail, a time he has surely improved on now he has reached his peak physical condition.
Combining his natural gifts of blistering pace and endless energy, the 23-year-old is developing into a complete attacking player and is inevitably one of the most sought after footballers in the world.
Luciano Narsingh | PSV Eindhoven
Although he primarily he operates on the right side, Narsingh is simply too quick not feature in this GMF speed series.
The half-Indian winger is capable of wreaking equal havoc on the left with his devastating pace. Speed is the PSV winger’s greatest strength, and his direct playing style and unrivalled running ability has been likened to Arsenal star Theo Walcott – a man who is said to have completed the 100m in 10.6 seconds.
If you haven’t seen the speedy Eredivisie star in action, you can check out some of his most impressive work in this video here: http://youtu.be/1SEqxYYveNA
Franck Ribéry | Bayern Munich
The other half of FC Hollywood’s formidable wide-man pairing with Arjen Robben, Franck RIbéry is widely regarded as one of the hardest players to mark in Europe.
The tremendously quick 30-year-old simply loves to run at defenders, and his pace and unpredictable touches are a nightmare for even the most solid and reliable full-backs.
Small yet powerful in stature, the fiery Frenchman is capable of beating his man with ease by simply knocking the ball on and chasing it down. Here’s a video of the former Marseille star doing just that: http://youtu.be/tRLXvkmOAEo
Other notable contenders:
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain)
Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen)
Got any speedy left-wingers in mind that didn’t make the cut? Tell us who you think should be among the five fastest left-midfielders in Europe - comment below!
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